Meet the Correspondent: Omar Jaramillo > Berlin$show=/search/label/Omar%20Jaramillo

"I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I studied architecture. I moved to Kassel (Germany) in 1999 to accomplish a master degree. Although I have always drawn and paint, it was not until I started studying in the Uni-Kassel, that I started keeping a travel sketchbook. I had a teacher there who used to do a lot of sketches when he travelled on university excursions. When he retired, I helped to organize an exhibition of his sketches. He brought a huge box full of sketchbooks he had filled since he was an architecture student. I spent a whole day selecting the most interesting drawings. It was a wonderful experience that opened my eyes to a new world. In the last 10 years I have the feeling of being in a long journey. I like to discover the cities where I live, to understand why a place is the way it is and what makes it different and unique from others. Drawing is for me a way to learn to love a place, to become part of it. I like to draw architecture but I am more attracted to urban scenery, portraying how people live in the city. Since I’m a foreigner, everything that locals find normal and taken-for-granted, for me is exotic. I always carry a small watercolor travel set from Windsor and Newton and my sketchbook in my bag. I always thought that drawing was a solitary experience until I found Urban Sketchers. It was amazing to find so many people doing the same thing. It is a great place to share!" • Omar's blog. • Omar's art on flickr. • Omar's website.

Meet the Correspondent: Luis Ruiz > Malaga, Spain$show=/search/label/Luis%20Ruiz

The golden fruits (let's say) tree

They say that Spain is that place where one works while the other supervise.
This takes on a special meaning when one draws as a work and the other accompany him for fun. That is what happened some weeks ago when Víctor had to draw the Güell Pavilions for a book on which he is working, and some of us decided to go with him. Mainly to supervise (let's say).
As the guy usually do quite well and there was not so much to supervise, we also started drawing. A detail of the facade took my attraction because of its curious design made of bricks and tiles. The tall figure on the left side was supposed to be —as someone told me from the guard's tale— the golden apple tree mentioned on Jacint Verdaguer's poem L'Atlàntida. Some details must got lost in the succeeding versions because hours after, taking a look at the text, apples ended up being oranges.

Golden oranges



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